In Honour of Canada's (Recent) Birthday: A Review of Canada's Own Lise Watier Rivages Palette

Lise Watier Rivages Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2015

The Lise Water Rivages Palette for Summer 2015 was love at first sight. I stalked Shoppers Drug Mart for days before it came in and I gleefully traded my Optimum points for these 10 Lise Water summer eyeshadows in all their glory. Lise Watier shadows are boss. Usually her palettes have a shade or two that are a little "out there" for me—a bright pink or teal, for example. But in this palette, every single shade said "me." 

Is this palette terribly unique? No. Are there colour combinations in it unlike any I already have in my collection? No. But there's a little something for everyone: matte, satin, and shimmer; colours for a work-appropriate daytime eye and classy smoky eye; and neutral basics as well as a couple of stronger options. The quality is solid across the palette: Some shades are more pigmented than others, but all even the less pigmented shades are buildable. All blend well—almost TOO well. As you'll see below, the shades can kind of blend together, depending on what you choose, but I'm cool with that. The hardest part is deciding among the whopping 10 (1!) shade options. How many can you put into one look, after all?

The one truly exceptional side of this palette is the packaging. Just look at the cover:

Lise Watier Rivages Eyeshadow Palette

Have you ever seen a prettier eyeshadow case? No, really. The photo doesn't do it justice. I'm not a packaging nut, but the mother-of-pearl-esque design on this palette—like seashells—makes me smile. Perfect for summer. It also comes with a giant mirror, which is awesome, and a couple of sponge-tip applicators  (if you dig that sort of thing—I tossed mine).

Here are the swatches:

Swatches of Lise Watier's Rivages Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2015.

Here's the look I came up with—just one of literally dozens of options. I decided to go with a soft brown smoky eye—typical pour moi:

Here's the breakdown. As far as I can tell, these shades aren't named, so bear with me:

  • Inner lid: The purple shade
  • Outer lid: The copper shade (the softest, most pigmented shade in the palette—easily on part with MUFE Artist Shadow)
  • Crease: The dark brown
  • Upper crease, to blend: The pink 
  • Brow bone: The beige
  • Lower lash line: The taupe shade (just a teeny bit)

Rating: Four stars out of five. 

The verdict: This is a solid shadow palette all around. If you're looking for a great collection of neutrals, go for it. If you have colours like it, skip it.

Available: Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs for $54. It's currently sold out on LiseWatier.com. Does anyone know whether they restock limited-edition products online?

Have you tried anything from Lise Watier's summer 2015 collection? What did you think?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

My Best Discoveries of 2014: Makeup Edition

A few of my favourites from 2014

A few of my favourites from 2014

So much beautiful makeup, and so little time to write about it all! Truly, 2014 has been a year where I've branched out (peach blush? Say WHAT?) and discovered tons of products I love. (So much for shopping my stash. Oh well! Onward!) As 2015 begins, I thought I'd share a list of 14 makeup products or tools that have become favourites I reach for often.

1) Illamasqua Neutral Palette

I grabbed Illamasqua's Neutral Palette during a clearance sale at Hudson's Bay. With the brand pulling out of North America (what a loss!), this baby was seriously discounted—and I was stoked! This palette contains four mattes and an antique-gold shimmer. I'm not a fan of Illamasqua's awkwardly shaped, slightly cheap-looking packaging, but that's where the complaints end, my friends! I've never seen such soft, buttery, blendable mattes in a makeup line. Yes, they rival even Make Up For Ever's famed Artist Shadow (which I reviewed earlier this year). They're so easy to wear, and they pack a pigment wallop (seriously—Obsidian, a rich black, puts MAC Carbon to shame). My favourite look is a smokey brown eye with Vintage (the antique gold) layered over Wolf (a matte chocolate brown). Mmmmmm. This palette is still available at Illamasqua.com.

2) Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Palette

I caved and bought more Bobbi Brown palettes this year. I couldn't help myself. Her colours are wearable and stunning, and the combinations she creates truly inspire me. The Smokey Nudes Palette is a gorgeous combination of pinks, taupe-y browns, and a few other shades. Love. Unfortunately, this palette was limited edition.

3) Bobbi Brown Sand Palette

I know, I know. Bobbi's palettes start to look repetitive after awhile, but I couldn't resist the Sand Palette either. So many warm, shimmery browns! Hands-down my favourite shade is a metallic called Golden Copper, which I featured in this Eye of the Day post. This palette is also limited edition, but it looks like it's still available online at Sephora.

4) Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette

Last palette in this post, I promise! This review from Tracy over at Beauty Reflections Blog pretty much made me run out and buy Laura Mercier's Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette. SO PRETTY, right? Four soft, neutral, shimmery shadows and two blushes made this a palette I travelled with several times. I also reached for it often for a quick, work-appropriate eye. Gorgeous. Unfortunately, also limited edition. Boo. 

5) Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin in Rose Eden

Lise Watier is a Canadian brand that gets nowhere near enough love, in my opinion. Seriously, everything they make is amazing. I picked up Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin in Rose Eden earlier this year (and reviewed it quickly several months ago), and I've reached for it again and again. It's incredibly easy to blend with a couple of fingers—even over powder—and sets to a powder-like, natural finish. Plus, it's gorgeous—and much more natural than it looks in the pot. I've seen several beauty bloggers rave about of Make Up For Ever's new HD cream blush in their 2014 round-up posts, and I do love it—I sang its praises here. But my friends, this Lise Watier beauty is even better. Trust me. You must try it. 

6) Bobbi Brrown Smokey Eye Mascara

The very-black Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara performs very much like Clinique High Impact Mascara, but lasts without smearing or flaking. I love the volume and separation this mascara gives my lashes. My favourite thing is layering this under Clinique Lash Power for an extra shot of length and wear time. 

7) NARS Audacious Lipstick in Fanny

This one was a struggle. $37 for a lipstick is stupid. I don't care how good it is. So I waited for the VIB sale to justify picking up a tube of NARS Audacious Lipstick. I have the shade Fanny, a muted, rich berry that is a beautiful balance between wearable and vampy. I love everything about it, including the luxe packaging, the creamy, moisturizing feel, and the easy opacity. Well done, NARS. (Except for the price. Who do you think you are, Chanel?)

8) Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme Lipstick in Stella

I discovered Rouge Fondant Supreme in Stella late in the year—it's part of Lise Watier's Aurora Collection. (But I believe it's permanent! Wahoo!) The colour is stunning—a muted fuchsia with a metallic shine. And I kid you not: I've never tried a more moisturizing, comfortable lipstick. I'll definitely be shopping this formula again.

9) Lise Watier Imagine Blush

Lise Watier Imagine Blush is the perfect, natural pink, and the formula is so soft and pigmented. And just look at that mosaic pattern. Love. Unfortunately, this blush was limited edition, but if you're new to Lise Watier, keep an eye out for other products! You can find them at LiseWatier.com, London Drugs, and several Shoppers Drug Mart and Sears locations. 

10) MAC Face and Body Foundation MIXED with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

These aren't exactly new in the makeup world, but I believe I've found my HG for an everyday base. Mixing these two products gives me the beautiful, skin-like finish of Face and Body Foundation AND the longwearing power of Pro Longwear Concealer. I use the smallest dollop of foundation in N1 mixed with one pump of the concealer in NW20, and it's more than enough to cover my entire face, and build if necessary. If you're a fan of light-to-medium coverage and your skin isn't too extreme, you MUST try this. (Note that I have combination skin—oily-ish in the T-zone, and normal/dehydrated in the rest of the face.)

11) Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (all of 'em)

No biggie—just the best eyeshadow on the market at the moment, in my opinion. The pigment! The texture! The colours! Just try it if you haven't.

12) Clinique Cheek Pop Blush (Plum and Berry Pop)

I loved the formula of Clinique Cheek Pop Blush so much I bought two. It's satiny, soft, blendable, and not at all powdery. There's just a hint of shimmer—enough to make your skin look glowy. It's sheer, and it's not the longest-lasting blush I own, but I love it—it's perfect for every day. Plus, those daisies are SO cute, no? (I reviewed it briefly here.)

13) Armani Master Corrector 1

After much searching, I found a more cost-effective alternative to my beloved Chanel Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen. As you know if you read my review, I LOVE the stuff, but $40 for about 1 mL of product is just criminal. And the packaging was prone to wastefulness. (Sorry, Chanel.) Armani Master Corrector 1 offers a salmon-coloured, brightening formula that is VERY similar, but with better packaging and four times the product (4.4 mL) for approximately the same price! The tiny, thin brush allows me to deposit a very small amount on the darkest part of my eye and blend over my concealer, which is all I need. Thank you, Armani! 

14) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Miracle Complexion Sponge is Real Techniques' answer to the Beauty Blender. I haven't tried the original, so I can't compare, but I do really like this little orange sponge (I reviewed it here) for quickly blending face products to a natural finish. I reach for it daily to finish blending my under-eye concealer. 

What are your favourites from 2014? Please post your lists/links in the comments; I'd love to read them!

Disclosure: Most of these products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Some Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge were provided by PR for my consideration. Opinions, as always, are my own.

Dear Readers: I'm Sorry for Falling off the World. Plus Some Love for Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin in Eden Rose.

Dear Readers,

I'm sorry for falling off the world! I've missed you, and I'm glad to be back. Would you like to see what I've been doing while MIA?

A lot of this:

Research, research, research for my History of Communication Theory course. Then quite a bit of this:

Writing, writing, writing until I could barely see the words….but lest you feel too sorry for me, I had help:

He's not a half-bad research assistant, you know. 

And then, because God is good, when my paper was done, I got to do a little of this:

And this:

I was blessed to be able to take a much-needed trip to see my family in the Maritimes a couple of weeks ago. It had been much too long, and I hope to go back soon. Family is important—so important. Am I right?

I've mostly been going to work and sitting on the couch since I got back—I'm sort of in a jet-lagged, grad-school-recovering fog. I watched season two of Orange Is the New Black in less then two days last weekend. Not even embarrassed. The rest has been good. 

I have picked up a couple of very small treats recently, and I wanted to share one with you: Lise Watier's Blush Creme Satin in Rose Eden from Lise Watier's summer collection. Isn't it lovely?

Given my newfound blush obsession, I had my eye on this when it first came out, then convinced myself it was too electric for me. Then, a few days ago, I saw this review, and for some reason, I was gone. Hook, line and sinker—Jayne just made it look so good! I power-walked to London Drugs that evening just before closing time to nab one. (Yes, I'm aware I may have a problem.) My lovelies, it was so worth it. :) 

Lise Watier Bush Creme Satin in Eden Rose a beautiful, vibrant  peachy-pink that's just neutral enough for my cool-toned skin. It may look imposing in the pot and swatched, but blended, it looks completely healthy and natural.

It's creamy enough to dab on and blend out easily, but it dries down to a powder finish that lasts all day. The texture reminds me a little of a MAC Paint Pot. When it sets, there's no tackiness at all. It even applies well over powder. How cool is that? I think I'll be reaching for it daily for the next while!

The price is good, too—$24 for 9 grams. It's part of Lise Watier's limited Eden Tropical Collection, but there are still quite a few online and in-store. If you're a blush fan, give this a try! You'll love it. 

What do you think of cream blushes? Do you think you'll try Blush Creme Satin?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.